RUKM,JSM flay 'anti-Bodo' stand of non-Bodo organizations
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Dec 31: The Royal Union of Koch Mech (RUKM) and Jajati Suraksah Manch (JSM) on Thursday said that the anti-Bodo stand of the non-Bodo organizations would not save the State from the aggression of Bangladeshis and called upon the Assamese intellectuals to stop the indifferent attitude towards the indigenous communities of Assam.
At a press meet held at Kokrajhar Press Club, the president of the RUKM Prithviraj rayan Dev Mech said the Assam was not far from becoming the Bangladesh if the so-called Assamese intellectuals did not stop their anti-Bodo and anti-tribal stand. He said the non-Bodo leaders frequently claim that they were the majority in BTC region although they were illegally occupying the land in tribal belts and blocks. He said the non-Bodos who were working against the interest of Bodos and other tribal communities of Assam had no right to speak against their interest as they were living in tribal belts and blocks illegally.
Dev rayan Mech said the leaders of Koch Rajbongshi organizations whose stand was always against the interest of the Bodos, came to State only after 1947 and most of them were living in tribal belts and blocks illegally. He said they should stop speaking against the Bodos and other tribal people as they were also illegal immigrants in protected tribal lands. He alleged that the Koch Rajbongshi leaders used to oppose the creation of Bodoland state, even creation of BTC but at the same time they had been taking opportunities in the council.
Dev rayan Mech said there were States in India in the line of linguistic basis like Punjab for Punjabis, galand for gas, Assam for Assamese, West Bengal for Bengalis, Manipur for Manipuries, and Kerala for Keralians. He questioned as to why there cannot be Bodoland for the Bodos and Gorkaland for Gorkhas.
The leaders of the so-called Assamese intellectuals had been using the term Bodo extremists when there were any unwanted incidenst but at the same time these intellectuals call the ULFA leaders like Arabinda Rajkhewa and Anup Chetia and others as good fighters of the society, he alleged. He said the advanced societies were forcing the indigenous people to be militants through suppressive policy. “Yes we should be militant for the cause of the society but not with the gun but with the pen and intellectual fight,” he said adding that the Bangladesh was formed only in 1971 but who migrated to Assam before were not Bangladeshis but Pakistanis.
The central executive member of the JSM, Pradip Kr. Brahma said the Manch opposed ST status to Koch Rajbongshis and other five communities in Assam as these communities did not fulfill the criteria of being Scheduled Tribe.
He also said most of these communities were immigrants and there was no question to grant ST status to them without studying the impact on the existing tribal communities in Assam.